Chelsea’s all about nice places to sit, and the area isn’t lacking for them. The Ivy’s SW3 outpost is a bit less rah, and a bit plusher than the average (which is to say then, really quite classy) but it really comes into its own when the weather warms up and sun comes out - their garden at the back is pretty damn lovely. The brasserie-type food is totally forgettable - you’ll struggle to remember what you ate immediately after your waiter clears your plate away, but as a functional spot for things like meeting your interior designer / spiritual guru, it does the job in style.
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Santa Maria Pizzeria Chelsea
Santa Maria’s Neapolitan-style pizza outshines any other pizza place in the neighbourhood. And they deliver too.
Wulf & Lamb
The name Wulf & Lamb sounds more ‘exotic meat fest’ than strictly vegan cooking, but this Chelsea spot is indeed animal-free.
At Hunan, a Chinese restaurant in Victoria, you don’t choose the menu - the menu chooses you. Their ‘trust me’ tasting menu is a classic.
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Isla At The Standard
Isla at the Standard is an all-day restaurant on the ground floor of the Standard hotel making very standard food.
The Wigmore is a good place to hit if you’re in central and need to kill some time with a drink and some great bar snacks.
Minnow is a neighbourhood place in Clapham serving Modern British dishes. There’s a patio at the back, as well as a bar downstairs for date night.
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J Sheekey is a classic West End post-theatre hang where you might spot a celebrity and will be guaranteed to have a great meal.
The Ivy Restaurant
You might come to The Ivy Covent Garden to see Kate Moss, but the experience is more than that - come for service, ambience, and nice food.
Chelsea restaurant Elystan Street does very good French and Italian fine dining in relaxed surroundings.
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